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Community to hold free event Saturday
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Aubrey Silvus dressed in costume for last year’s Halloween event on Viola Town Square. The sixth annual event is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, this year.
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Don’t make a grave mistake by missing this year’s Halloween in the Park at Viola Town Square this coming Saturday, Oct. 19. The fun begins when the sun goes down. Pictured is Colton Deason dressed as Walking Dead during a previous event. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Viola Town Square will be the location of treats, but no tricks, this coming Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

“We’ve got the town all decorated,” said Carolyn Garretson, one of the organizers. “We’re almost ready for the kids. Last year we had at least 300, if not more. It’s wonderful to look around and see so many people enjoying themselves in Viola.” 

Halloween in the Park in downtown Viola will be held around the gazebo’s grassy area with residents showing their hospitality by offering visitors a free evening of fun for trick-or-treaters with candy, cookies, desserts, drinks, hotdogs, spooky hayrides, and a best-dressed costume contest for children with prizes for first, second and third places.

“Everything is free,” said Garretson. “The kids seem to really enjoy trick-or-treating from spot to spot. We enjoy it too.  Most of us dress up. I always do. Last year I was a clown. Our goal is to offer a safe, clean event for children and their families.”

This is the sixth annual Halloween in the Park. The last five years, the pre-Halloween event has offered children spook-tacular fun with a variety of activities.

Local residents – some dressed in their Halloween best – are on hand to offer children a chance to trick-or-treat for candy, as well as providing them and their parents free hot apple cider and hotdogs.

This event, as well as Christmas in Viola offered in December, is a community effort by the residents of Viola. A Saturday before Halloween is chosen because so many people already have trick-or-treat plans on Oct. 31.